This season has been a very pleasant surprise in Year Two of the supposed rebuild. Brad Stevens has done an excellent job in his second year as head coach and the Celtics currently sit at a respectable 35-42, good enough to currently sit in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. In fact, the team has been playing much better and above .500 since the All Star break. It has been an all around successful season for what many thought would be another tanking project. We are all hoping for this Cinderella story of a season to end with a playoff birth. The road will certainly not be easy and we probably won't know for sure that the Celtics are in until they play their final game on April 15th.
The team has been playing pretty well as of late and there is reason to believe with the four remaining games on their schedule, they could finish at least 2-2. The next two games are against the Cavaliers. One at home and one on the road. I am a very hopeful and faithful fan and I have been loving what I am seeing from this team as of late, but I am also realistic.
Unless the Celtics are able to pull off a serious upset or get lucky and catch Cleveland off its game, which may be plausible if they rest a lot of players, I don’t see the Celtics wining either of those games. Luckily however, that should not make or break this teams playoff chances. The next game is against Toronto at home and despite Toronto’s superior record, they have been struggling of late and if the Celtics play the way they have been playing recently and the home crowd gets into the game at the Garden, I can see the Celtics taking that one. Lastly, the Celtics will finish up the season on the road at Milwaukee. They also have a superior record to the Celtics, but the Celtics just came off a recent loss to them so they will be hungry to pull of an upset, especially if the playoffs are on the line.
If the Celtics manage to finish 2-2 or better, they will without a doubt secure a postseason birth. They are half a game up on Miami, who is without Goran Dragic and faces games against both the Bulls and the Raptors, which does not bode well for Heat. All I can say is go Cs! And lets finish the season on a high note!
By Spence Roush @El_Spence_Man